Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease West Des Moines IA

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Peter Dwight Wirtz, MD
(515) 278-5811
2022 S 41st Ct
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1965

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Lynn Marvin Nelson, MD
(515) 224-5217
6001 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Dr.Scott Neff
(515) 222-3151
1601 NW 114th St # 142
Clive, IA
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Ia Lutheran, Mercu
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.7, out of 5 based on 9, reviews.

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Jeffrey Allen Rodgers, MD
(515) 224-5215
6001 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons Pc

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Jeffrey J Sturdivant, DDS
(515) 225-9245
Drs Kommer & Sturdivant PC 1300 37th St
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Brian F Mc Garvey, DDS
(515) 225-3770
1200 35th St # 203
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Ian Lin, MD
(515) 263-9696
14895 Woodcrest Dr
Clive, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1992

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Patrick Michael Sullivan
(515) 224-1414
6001 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Jeffrey P. Davick
(515) 224-1414
6001 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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Kary Reginald Schulte
(515) 224-1414
6001 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Hip Pain Info - Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

In order to understand Legg-Calve-Perthes disease it is important to understand the anatomy and function of the hip. Please read Hip Pain Info's section on the anatomy of the hip .

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball is formed by the top of the thigh bone (the femur) and is called the "head" of the femur. The socket is formed by the bones of the pelvis and is called the acetabulum.

Articular cartilage is a smooth shiny coating that covers the head of the femur and the acetabulum. Articular cartilage allows the head of the femur to move easily inside the acetabulum.

In Legg-Calve-Perthes disease there is an interruption of the blood supply to the growing head of the femur (also called the capital femoral epiphysis). Without blood, the bone that forms the head of the femur can not get the nutrients that it needs. The bone is damaged and areas of the growing head of the femur die. Eventually the blood supply to the growing head of the femur returns and the bone regenerates.

Unfortunately, in some cases of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease the growing head of the femur can lose its strength and can change its shape. When this happens there is increased stress on some areas of the head of the femur and the articular cartilage that covers it. Over a number of years this increased stress can lead to early osteoarthritis of the hip .

It is not clear what causes the blood supply to the growing head of the femur to be interrupted. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs in children (most often between the ages of 5 and 10) and it is far more common in boys than in girls.

The treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease depends on its severity. Most types of treatment work best when Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is detected early. Once it is detected, specialists that treat children with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease can plan out a treatment program.

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